Saugerties father and son receive jail time for gun charges

Bruce and Connor Chargois

Bruce and Conner Chargois, a father and son duo who were both given third-degree criminal possession of a weapon charges in late February of last year after the son posted threats to Saugerties High School online, have been sentenced to six months and two years respectively in state prison. Both will be supervised for five years after their release.

“Based on my experience with [Judge Don Williams], Conner will do almost the entire two years,” said Assistant District Attorney Mike Kavanagh of the sentence.

Kavanagh said during both hearings, proceedings needed to be moved to the court’s larger ceremonial building to accommodate the Saugerties locals who came to show their support for the family.

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“We told Judge Williams we were looking to send Conner to prison, but we didn’t give him any recommendation in terms of time — we said we would support whatever he thought was appropriate,” explained Kavanagh. “I thought [the sentences] were appropriate. Because of the outpouring of community support, it was an incredibly difficult decision to make. I think [Judge Williams] considered the impact that the crime had — this preyed upon our worst fears as parents. We were fortunate that police uncovered the weapons when they did.”

Police found the arsenal of weapons, including an AR-15 an Uzi, that had been manufactured in the family home, as well as ammunition and two silencers, after Conner glorified the Columbine shooters in an Instagram post just a week after the deadly Parkland, Fla. school shooting. A student reported the posting to a teacher, who brought the matter to school’s administration and the police. After his son was questioned by police, Bruce, 58 transported the weaponry to the Greco Amusement Center, his workplace, and hid them inside of pinball machines. 

“[This situation] shows the partnership between the District Attorney’s Office, the community and law enforcement,” said Saugerties Police Chief Joe Sinagra. “When we all work together we obtain resolution and justice in cases for the benefit of our community.”

The Chargoises were arrested on Feb. 27 of last year, and both were out on bail until their plea hearings in December.

According to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office, both sentencing hearings were “emotional.” Conner apologized to the court, his family, his peers and the Saugerties community at his Feb. 8 sentencing for what he called “selfishness.” Bruce also apologized to the community at his Feb. 15 sentencing, and to the students and alumni at Saugerties High, where he and his entire family had been schooled.

There are 4 comments

  1. Local resident

    15 Years To Life Should Have Been The Sentence, These 2 Men were Convicted for Making Terrorist Threats against A High School, They were in Active Possession Of Assault Firearms.

    15 To Life is Appropriate Sentence, This Is Public Safety, A Public School Under Threat.

    2 Years is Extremely Light Sentence/ Liberal Judge.

    Ulster County Must Hold A Very Strong Position on School Shootings/Threats

    Do Not feel Sorry For Such Criminals, Feel Sorry For The Public Who Must Live In Fear of These Threats.

    LOCK THEM UP, OFF TO STATE PRISON FOR THESE 2

  2. Jp

    The judge was not liberal. It was William’s, a conservative judge. The father never threatened the school. He hid the firearms when the police came in order to protect his son.one got 2 years, one 6 months. Did you read the article?

  3. Bart Friedman

    To the editors: Why do you allow people to remain anonymous when they respond to articles in your newspaper? Without identifying themselves people will say anything, whether they mean it or not, and never have to regret it. You are doing the community a disservice by continuing to “protect” contributors.
    I’ve also noticed that you have allowed public relations releases to appear in your letters columns. The letters are signed by non-residents, lobbyists and professionals who pretend to be concerned citizens….and you aid an abet them when you allow their letters to appear.
    As a weekly, small town newspaper you should attempt to improve the quality and ethics of your publication.

    1. D. Kingston

      Dear Mr. Bart Friedman, it is a free press, if You dont like it dont read it, make Your own news paper.

      Please rethink your comments about our free press.

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